Androni Giocattoli’s Jose Serpa beat Victor Nino at the end of the Tour de Langkawi‘s queen stage to claim victory for the second consecutive day and also the yellow jersey on a punishing climb into the Genting Highlands. It was the fourth time the Colombian climber has contested the stage to Genting – and the fourth time he has won it. The 2009 overall winner now holds a commanding lead in the general classification. With four flat stages left to complete, he is set to become only the second two-time winner of the race when it finishes on Sunday.
The ten-day Tour de Langkawi reached its halfway stage today and saw the yellow jersey change hands for the first time since David Zabriskie dominated the opening time trial. Drapac Cycling’s Darren Longthorne holds a useful but far from impregnable 37-second lead heading in to tomorrow’s queen stage, which should decide the final general classification.
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In our second Belgian race of the weekend, Mark Cavendish and his Sky train proved too dominant for another surprise winner to take Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Saturday’s Omloop was certainly the more exciting of the two races, but those hoping for a bunch sprint finish with the rainbow jersey in the lead [like Tim, say? – Ed] weren’t disappointed.